Spotlight On: GitHub

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With 32 million visitors each month, GitHub is one of the world's most popular tools.  Our users agree - it was one of our hottest apps of the year, featured in our May App Trends, and of course our biggest fans are some of GitHub’s too.  

You may be wondering what the buzz is all about. So, we decided to put the spotlight on GitHub- complete with an inside look at what some users have to say.

What is GitHub?
Git, like other version control systems, manages and stores revisions of projects. It’s mostly used for code but can be used to manage any other type of file like Word documents or Final Cut projects. It’s like a filing system for every draft of a document.

GitHub provides a Web-based graphical interface, access control and several collaboration features, such as a wikis and basic task management tools for every project.

Why do some of our biggest fans think GitHub is so special?
“I could probably speak for most of us when saying that GitHub changed our lives. I don't think I've ever experienced such a low amount of friction with a tool like this. I'm guessing the fact that the GitHub team uses GitHub more than anybody else has a lot to do with it. That and their knack at reducing features to their essence make a serious difference. The amount of flexibility GitHub provides us with to collaborate on software development, and software production in general is staggering. Our marketing and support teams use GitHub too.” Oliver Lacan, Developer, Code School

What’s new with GitHub?
In early July, the team opened up a First Look program to give early access to upcoming features and updates to shape the quality and direction of their desktop app.  Back in June, they hosted a Student hackathon (Hackcon III).  As most users know, the site is built on Rails, which is built on Ruby, an open source project started in Japan.  With Japan ranking within the top 10 countries visiting GitHub since the company was founding in 2008, the team opened up their first official office outside the U.S. in early June.

How can tools like GitHub and Meldium help your team?
“Tools like Dropbox, Meldium, and GitHub make it very easy to get people ready for work on Day 1. The only hurdles we have left to face are more specific to our production stack, which goes to show how much easier things have become.” Oliver Lacan, Developer, Code School

Meldium offers provisioning for GitHub– so you can get your entire team onboarded in just a few clicks. 

Where can you learn more about GitHub and Meldium?
Try checking out some of these resources:

Not a Meldium user yet? Get you and your team started today with a launchpad for all of your accounts, including one-click access to GitHub.